Catasauqua Area School District -  - lehigh County, Pennsylvania -  -  performance Audit Report - 1
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CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEARS ENDED JUNE 30, 2006 AND 2005, AND IN CERTAIN AREAS EXTENDING BEYOND JUNE 30, 2006 WITH FINDING, RECOMMENDATIONS AND STATUS OF PRIOR YEARS’ FINDING AND RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGH JULY 20, 2007 CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT FOR THE YEARS ENDED JUNE 30, 2006 AND 2005, AND IN CERTAIN AREAS EXTENDING BEYOND JUNE 30, 2006 WITH FINDING, RECOMMENDATIONS AND STATUS OF PRIOR YEARS’ FINDING AND RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGH JULY 20, 2007 CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTENTS Page Independent Auditor’s Report ..................................................................................................... 1 Background ................................................................................................................................. 3 Objectives, Scope and Methodology .......................................................................................... 4 Conclusions ................................................................................................................................. 5 Objective No. 1 ............................................................................................................... 5 Objective No. 2 ................................... ...

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                  CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT  LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA  PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT   FOR THE YEARS ENDED JUNE 30, 2006 AND 2005, AND IN CERTAIN AREAS EXTENDING BEYOND JUNE 30, 2006  WITH FINDING, RECOMMENDATIONS AND  STATUS OF PRIOR YEARS’ FINDING AND RECOMMENDATIONS  THROUGH JULY 20, 2007  
 
      
 
 
    CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT   FOR THE YEARS ENDED JUNE 30, 2006 AND 2005, AND IN CERTAIN AREAS EXTENDING BEYOND JUNE 30, 2006 WITH FINDING, RECOMMENDATIONS AND STATUS OF PRIOR YEARS’ FINDING AND RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGH JULY 20, 2007  
 
 
CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTENTS
 Page  Independent Auditor’s Report ..................................................................................................... 1   Background ................................................................................................................................. 3   Objectives, Scope and Methodology .......................................................................................... 4   Conclusions ................................................................................................................................. 5  Objective No. 1 ...............................................................................................................    5  Objective No. 2 ...............................................................................................................    9   Supplementary Information: Schedule and Description of State Revenue Received ................ 11   Audit Report Distribution List ................................................................................................... 15
 
                      
 
          The Honorable Edward G. Rendell Governor Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120  Dear Governor Rendell:  We have conducted a performance audit of the Catasauqua Area School District for the years ended June 30, 2006 and 2005, and in certain areas extending beyond June 30, 2006. Our audit was conducted pursuant to 72 P.S. § 403 and in accordance with Government Auditing Standards  issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.  Our audit was limited to the following objectives:   Objective No. 1 - To determine if the Catasauqua Area School District complied with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit; and   Objective No. 2 - To determine if the Catasauqua Area School District took appropriate corrective action to address the finding and recommendations contained in our prior audit report.  To plan and perform our audit of the Catasauqua Area School District, we considered the district’s internal controls pertinent to our audit objectives. Based on our consideration of these internal controls we determined audit procedures for the purpose of reporting on our audit objectives, but not to provide assurance on the effectiveness of the district’s internal controls. However, any significant internal control deficiencies found during our audit were included in our report.
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  Independent Auditor’s Report (Continued)  The results of our tests indicated that, in all significant respects, the Catasauqua Area School District was in compliance with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit and took appropriate corrective action to address the finding and recommendations contained in our prior audit report, except as noted in the following finding further discussed in the Conclusions section of this report:   Objective No. 1     Finding – General Fund Deficit and Subsequent Recovery  We believe that our recommendations, if implemented by the district, will improve the internal control weaknesses identified and help ensure compliance with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit.  The accompanying supplementary information is presented for purposes of additional analysis. We did not audit the information and, accordingly, express no form of assurance on it.   Sincerely,        July 20, 2007    
  
  
  
  
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 /s/ JACK WAGNER Auditor General
CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT BACKGROUND  
 Background  The Catasauqua Area School District is located in Lehigh and Northampton counties and encompasses an area of 6.6 square miles. The school district has a population of 11,248, according to a 2004 local census. The administrative offices are located at the Francis H. Sheckler Elementary School, 201 North 14 th Street, Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.  According to school district administrative officials, during the 2005-06 school year, the district provided basic educational services to 1,707 pupils through the employment of 12 administrators, 131 teachers, and 109 full-time and part-time support personnel. Special education was provided by the district and the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21. Occupational training and adult education in various vocational and technical fields were provided by the district and the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute.  Generally, state subsidies and reimbursements are paid in the year subsequent to the year in which the school district incurs the cost that qualifies it for the applicable subsidy or reimbursement. While the Pennsylvania Department of Education (DE) makes partial payments to the school district throughout the year, final payments are normally made in June. Refer to the Supplementary Information on pages 11 through 13 of this report for a listing of the state revenue the district received during the 2005-06 and 2004-05 school years and for descriptions of the state revenue received by category.  In July of each year, the Commonwealth’s Labor, Education and Community Services, Comptroller’s Office confirms the payments that were made by DE throughout the prior fiscal year. School district annual financial reports and the related certified audits of the payments are not available before October 31 st of the following fiscal year.
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CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT OBJECTIVES, SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY  OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE      Our audit objectives were:   Objective No. 1 - To determine if the Catasauqua Area School District complied with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit; and   Objective No. 2 - To determine if the Catasauqua Area School District took appropriate corrective action to address the finding and recommendations contained in our prior audit report.  The scope of our audit covered the years ended June 30, 2006 and 2005, and in certain areas extending beyond June 30, 2006.   METHODOLOGY  Our audit was conducted under authority of 72 P.S. § 403, and does not supplant the local annual audit as required by the Public School Code of 1949, as amended (Public School Code).   The proper administration of a school district requires school board members to establish and maintain internal controls to provide reasonable assurance that specific school district objectives will be achieved. School board members are responsible for the adoption and use of policies and procedures that promote the economical and efficient conduct of assigned duties and responsibilities. In completing our audit, we obtained an understanding of the school district’s internal controls as they relate to the district’s compliance with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit. We evaluated and tested documents, files, reports, agreements, and systems, and performed analytical procedures to the extent necessary to satisfy our audit objectives. Additionally, we interviewed selected administrators and operations personnel.  As noted in the Background section of this report, the Department of Education generally pays state subsidies and reimbursements in the fiscal year subsequent to the fiscal year in which the district incurs the qualifying cost. Because we use the payment confirmations, annual financial reports and certified audit data as supporting documentation of actual payments received in the performance of our audit, we cannot begin the field work of a school district’s operations for a given year until after this information becomes available.
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CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT
   CONCLUSIONS – OBJECTIVE NO. 1     The first objective of our audit was to determine if the Catasauqua Area School District complied with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit.  The results of our tests indicate that with respect to the items tested, the Catasauqua Area School District complied with applicable state laws, regulations, contracts, grant requirements, and administrative procedures falling within the scope of our audit, except as noted in the finding listed below. The finding and recommendations were reviewed with representatives of the Catasauqua Area School District, and their comments have been included in this report.    Finding – General Fund Deficit and Subsequent Recovery  The district’s general fund balance decreased from $1,128,359 at June 30, 2004 to ($1,079,348) at June 30, 2006. Further review of the district’s June 30, 2007 annual financial report found that the district’s general fund balance made a subsequent recovery as follows:   Beginning Transfers/ Expenditures General  Fund Adjustment To (Over) Fund Year Balance Fund Balance Revenue Expenditures Revenue Balance        2004-05 $1,128,359 ($2,141,533) 18,681,784 $18,082,990 $598,794 ($414,380) 2005-06 (414,380) (900,669) 19,748,668 19,512,967 235,701 (1,079,348) 2006-07 (1,079,348) (1,732,897) 22,863,627 19,643,194 3,220,433 408,188  A significant contribution to the deficit was the use of unrealistic beginning general fund balances when preparing the district’s budgets, which caused further errors in the estimation of available funds.  A comparison of budgeted beginning balance to the actual balances reported by the district for years reviewed found the following:   Year Ended Beginning Surplus/(Deficit) Under  June 30 Per Budget Per Actual Budget     2005 - $1,128,359 -2006 551,573 (414,380) (965,953) 2007 (1,473,256) (1,079,348) -
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